Walbridge put on notice


WALBRIDGE – Village council was scolded Wednesday for not doing a better job of notifying the public of a
meeting change earlier this month.
Jan Sawaya, Drouillard Road, said she missed the Oct. 7 meeting because the time was changed from 6:30 to
6 p.m.
Solicitor Brian Ballenger said, officially, council should have canceled the regularly scheduled council
meeting and announced a special meeting.
Village Administrator Steve Smith said announcements of the time change were posted around town.
The meeting was changed due to Mayor Dan Wilczynski having to catch a plane, Ballenger said. The mayor
was not at Wednesday’s meeting.
“We’ll make sure we don’t do that again,” said Acting Mayor Maureen Jacobsen.
To be sure there would be no question on the validity of an ordinance passed at that meeting, Ballenger
asked council to recall it and vote on it again. The ordinance hiring Geddis Paving and Excavating Inc.,
Toledo, for $53,208 to do several paving projects in the village, was recalled then approved as an
The paving is expected to begin next week.
Also at the meeting, council:
• Heard Jacobsen say the next block watch meeting would be Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the town hall. “We
need everybody to be interested and come together,” Jacobsen said, noting that 10 people attended the
October block watch meeting. She mentioned the meeting after Councilman John Scaife said he hoped
village residents would take an active role in looking out for children’s safety.
• Heard Councilman Ed Kolanko, chairman of the streets committee, say leaf pickup begins Oct. 26.
• Heard Jacobsen say the mayor plans to hold open budget meetings with department heads, council
candidates and the public.
• Heard the finance committee will meet Nov. 4 at 8 a.m. and the safety committee will meet Nov. 2 at
6:30 p.m. Both meetings will be in the town hall.

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